Born: 26 May 1839 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 21 January 1927in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smellage Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Equire Looney and Arrena (Davis) Thompson

Married: Naomi Jared about 1866 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 18 October 1839 in Jackson County, Tennessee
Died: 7 June 1915in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Smellage Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Joseph and Rachel (Ray) Jared


  1. Joseph F. Thompson
  2. Mary L. Thompson
  3. Mahulda Thompson
  4. Brice Thompson


  • Brother: James Franklin - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: William N. Thompson- 8th Tennessee (Dibrell's) Infantry
  • Brother: Newton J. Thompson - 1st Tennessee (Colm's) Infantry Regiment
  • Brother: Thomas C. Thompson - 16th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
  • Brother-in-law: James Avery Welch - 25th Tennessee Infantry Regiment


13 th(Gore's) Tennessee Cavalry
(also known as 8 thTennessee Cavalry)
Company K


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Sep 1862 at Sparta
  • 12 Oct 1862: Present
  • 10 Dec 1864: Deserted near Savannah, GA



( Download Full Pension Application)


  • Filed April 29, 1905
  • Accepted
  • Resident of Boma, TN
  • Member: 13th Cavalry Company K
  • Wounded: at Tryune, TN when he was accidentally hurt in ankle by being jammed between two horses
  • Disease: rheumatism and disease of the eyes
  • Born: 26 May 1839 in Jackson County, Tennessee
  • Enlisted with Colonel George G. Dibrell; Lt. Colonel Darty, Captain Bryant Sweargim
  • Wife is 66 in Oct 1905
  • two sons and three daughters
  • Attest: Columbus Jackson Davis & J. M. Whitson

Supporting Documents:

  • E. L. Thompson (12 Aug 1905) - requests status of application
  • Tennessee Board of Pension Examiners (16 Aug 1905) - sent status
  • Sam Fitzpatrick of Smith County (19 Sep 1905) - Thompson was injured by getting his foot and leg mashed between two horses
  • J. T. Pointer (19 Sep 1905) - Tax Assessment
  • G. W. Alcorn, R. E. L. Profitt, S. F. Carr, V. E. Bockman, H. D. Whitson (11 Oct 1905) - Supports his claim
  • J. F. Dyer, MD (14 Oct 1905) - Medical Exam
  • E. L. Thompson in Lula, OK (20 Jun ????) - ELT went to OK to visit his sick son who died
  • Comptroller of Treasury (St of TN) (31 Aug 1915) - ELT's pension check will be held while he is out of TN
  • E. L. Thompson (24 Nov 1917) - ELT is going to TX Dec 15 to visit sick son
  • E. L. Thompson (1 Mar 1918) - ELT had a voucher
  • E. L. Thompson (28 Mar 1919) - ELT went to TX to see his sick son who died. The weather was too hot to return. About that time that he was ready to make the trip, the great epidemic broke out and cities were quarantined. He went to OK and stayed through the winter. He had to borrow the money to bear expenses and doctors bill.
  • E. L. Thompson (28 Mar 1919) - ELT left 11 Dec 1917 and returned 27 Mar 1919
  • E. L. Thompson (14 Apr 1919) - ELT was out of the state for 14 months
  • E. L. Thompson (24 Apr 1919) - ELT left 11 Dec 1917 and traveled to OK and then to TX. His son-in-law died. He visited his son. Then he was too poor health to return. After getting better, the flu epidemic hit. He returned 27 Mar 1919.
  • Special Examiner (24 Apr 1919) - Pension board cannot pay pension while pensioners are out of the state.
  • E. L. Thompson (27 Apr 1919) - requests status
  • E. L. Thompson (18 Jun 1919) - ELT is entitled to pension


  • 1850 Census: Jackson County, TN, Page 241
  • 1860 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 11
  • 1870 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 208
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 179A
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 2B
  • 1910 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 144A
  • 1920 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 96B


Putnam County Herald
29 July 1915
Vol. XIII, No. 30, Page 1
A DOUBLE FUNERAL - Naomi Thompson, wife of E. L. Thompson, and Lucracy M. Wells, wife of Byrd Wells, both died June 7, 1915. Sister Wells passed away at one p.m. and sister Thompson at seven p.m. Sunday. Their remains were carried to the Smellage cemetery June 8th and placed side by side in the altar under the tabernacle. The two coffins were nearly exactly alike. The funeral services were held by the writer, who was their pastor for a number of years, and who baptised sister Thompson more than 35 years age into the fellowship of Hopewell Baptist church Sister Wells and her husband were the two first to unite with this church after its organization. Both these women lived in the same neighborhood in the same church, all these year and there was but little difference in their age. Sister Wells was 75 years, 8 months and 25 days old. Sister Thompson was 75 years, 7 months and 20 day. It was indeed a very touching scene. After the funeral discourse the twin caskets were carried from under the bed, then both opened at the same time and the corpses were viewed by a large concourse of friends and relatives; then both were closed and carried to a newly made grave and laid away to rest until the Master called them hence. Both these women lived faithful consistent life until the end. Sister Thompson was the mother of five children, still live to mourn the loss of their best earthly friend. She also had 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was a kind and affectionate mother, a devoted wife, good, kind and attentive to the sick, but her labors in this world are at an end. She was sick for several weeks, but was true to the faith till the last, often expressed her great confidence in the Lord. She seemed not the least bit alarmed at the thought of death. . . . J. M. Stewart

Putnam County Herald
24 January 1927
Vol. XXV, No. 6, Page 1
A Good Man Passes Away - After being in feeble health for several years Looney Thompson passed away Saturday at the home of his daughter, rs. Huldah Jernigan at Double Springs. Mr. Thompson was nearly 90 years old, and a veterna of the civil war, having served in the Confederate Army. He had been a member of the Baptist church for many years and was a highly respected Christian gentleman. His remains were liad to rest by the side of his wife in the Smellage graveyard on Sunday. Mr. Thompson is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mary Robbins, of Texas; Mrs. Oma Gentry in Oklahoma, and Mrs. Hulda Jernigan of Double Springs; and two sons, Brice and Joe, both in Oklahoma.